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4.6 out of 5 stars
Doctor Who - Spearhead from Space [1970] [VHS] [1963]
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on 16 May 2008
The Pertwee era gets off to a great start with this classic, which sees the show beginning to take on a more adult feel. The new team of Pertwee, Caroline John (Liz) and Nicholas Courtney (in his 3rd appearance as Lethbridge-Stewart) interact together so well. Hugh Burden's Channing and the Autons make genuinely eerie villains and provide us with many memorable moments. Check out the scene in episode 3, where the Auton slices throught the tent before vaporising its victim! The cliffhangers to episodes 2 and 3 are good too, as well as the famous scene of the Autons smashing through the shop windows and invading the streets of London. Perhaps it's no surprise that the Autons were used to relaunch the series when it returned in 2005.
Never mind the disappointing 'tentacles' scene in the final episode, this is still a story that moves along so well, you can watch it over and over again. Arguably the best debut story for a Doctor, and certainly the best until David Tennant arrived thirty-five years later in 'The Christmas Invasion.'
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on 30 September 2017
good series but you can see everything the creators dont want you to see, everything is so clear, maybe too clear
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on 30 April 2017
A great DVD, I bought this to replace a video that I've got.
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on 31 May 2017
Great restoration but it unfortunately does not include any of the extras from the DVD release, just a few new ones for the blu-ray. The get all the extras, you need the DVD release as well.
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on 22 May 2013
This has a different feel from other Doctor Who story lines, definitely more creepy and sinister. John Pertwee is excellent.
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on 11 November 2014
Super Dr Who from its golden age in the Seventies.
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on 7 November 2015
Great Episode and a very good introduction of Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor.
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on 25 February 2016
Thank you very happy with purchase
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on 10 December 2002
This story, perhaps more than any other, is the perfect introduction to Dr Who from any period because it has all the right elements that make for a gripping story, without any of that trademark silliness that has unfortunately tended to draw derision upon us adult fans. Therefore if you have a friend that you suspect might need introducing to Dr Who but you aren't sure of the reaction you'll get - this is the one to sit them down in front of.
I have to confess to being able to remember seeing this when originally broadcast, and it made a lasting impact too I can tell you. I was a little bit jumpy in the presence of shop dummies for some time after. People have come to love the Daleks and Cybermen because they make for fun viewing but they feel too safe, animated shop dummies, however, are the stuff of nightmares!
Viewing it now I can still feel what it was about the general atmosphere that made it so gripping, and I feel it set the standard for early 'seventies Who, namely the tangibly sinister undercurrent, terrifying adversaries, and the knowledge that only the Doctor's advanced science would save the day. Perhaps if today's younger generation had access to something of this calibre on TV there may even be a better uptake of science subjects at school.
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on 20 January 2017
brill.
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